• Counseling

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

     

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    We Are Here to Help Video:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tm_loWUYamGtbMaMxX2qg449sgvqhQma/view?usp=sharing

    District Emotional Health & Wellness Website:

    https://sites.google.com/bps-schools.com/bps-emotional-health-wellness/home

     


    Norman Hurns

    Norman Hurns

    Counseling Department Chair, Counselor for Various Student

    NHurns@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3506

    Education: Mr. Hurns holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in History from Xavier University, a Master of Education in Social Studies from Walsh University, and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Philosophy: Mr. Hurns believes School Counselors most provide counseling through preventive and intervention efforts, advocate for diversity and equity in education, and utilize diverse and multicultural perspectives to help students.

    Mr. Hurns' favorite thing about Groves is the variety of academic pathways and activities that students can choose from to develop academically, vocationally and personally.


    Adams

    Sharon Adams

    School Counselor (Last Names S - Z)

    Mrs. Adams' Bitmoji Classroom: Click Here

    sadams2@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3503

    Education: Mrs. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling from Oakland University.

    Philosophy: Mrs. Adams believes that every student can be successful given the right tools. She believes her job is to help students learn and use those tools.

    Mrs. Adams’ favorite thing about Groves is building relationships with Groves' students and staff.


    Jaimie Barksdale

    Jaimie Barksdale

    School Counselor (Last Names L - R)

    Mrs. Barksdale's Bitmoji Classroom: Click Here

    JBarksdale@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3508

    Education: Mrs. Barksdale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Human Services from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Canisius College.

    Philosophy: Mrs. Barksdale believes every child has the ability to succeed in the academic, social/emotional, and college and career development areas with the help of trusted adults. Mrs. Barksdale is dedicated to empowering students to make independent decisions through the utilization of Solution Focused Therapy.

    Mrs. Barksdale’s favorite thing about Groves is the “family-like” atmosphere of the school and its surrounding community.


    Gohl

    Amanda Gohl

    School Counselor (Last Names A - D)

    AGohl@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3507

    Education: Mrs. Gohl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from University of Detroit Mercy. 

    Philosophy: Mrs. Gohl believes that all students should be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness, always. Success comes in many different forms and no matter what obstacles may come, Mrs. Gohl truly believes that all students can be successful and will continue to advocate and support her students throughout their journey. 

    Mrs. Gohl’s favorite thing about Groves is how welcoming and kind the staff, students, and community are.


      Lilianne Kowalchuk

    Lilianne Kowalchuk

    School Counselor (Last Names E - K)

    LCharles-Kowalchuk@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3505

    Education: Mrs. Kowalchuk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Michigan State University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Wayne State University.

    Philosophy: Mrs. Kowalchuk believes in helping students maximize their success and happiness within their social and educational context.

    Mrs. Kowalchuk’s favorite thing about Groves is the growth of students!


    Gregorio

    Gregorio Cognetto 

    Wellness Counselor  

    GCognetto@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3504

    Mr. Cognetto's Website: Wellness @ Groves

    Education: Mr. Cognetto earned an associates degree in general studies from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor's degree in sociology with a social psychology concentration from Western Michigan University and a masters degree in school and mental health counseling from Oakland University.

    Counseling Philosophy: Mr. Cognetto takes a mindfulness based holistic approach while supporting others with their development and challenges.

    Favorite thing about Groves: The people. Everyone seems to be kind hearted and welcoming! 


    Jennifer Kondak

    Jennifer Kondak

    College and Career Specialist

    Mrs. Kondak's Website: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/588

    JKondak@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3543

    Education: Mrs. Kondak holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alma College and is a Certified Career Development Facilitator – CCSP.

    Philosophy: Mrs. Kondkak is an educator first and she acts as one of the many lights on a student’s pathway to self-knowledge and growth. Mrs. Kondak’s goal is help students know their interests to make the best post-high school decisions possible.

    Mrs. Kondak’s favorite thing about Groves is our commitment to educating the individual student.


    Lisa Reeves

    Lisa Reeves

    Counseling Secretary

    LReeves@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3501

    Education: Mrs. Reeves holds an Associate's Degree in Secretarial and Business Administration from South East Essex College of Arts and Technology.

    Philosophy: Mrs. Reeves believes that team counseling and putting the needs of the students first is what makes us successful.

    Mrs. Reeves’ favorite thing about Groves is that the staff and students rock!


    Julie Hourdakis

    Julie Hourdakis

    Registrar

    JHourdakis@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    248-203-3511

    Education: Mrs. Hourdakis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida.

    Mrs. Hourdakis’ favorite thing about Groves is the atmosphere and the wonderful staff!


     

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

     


    Please use the clickable links below for counseling information and printable documents:

    ACADEMIC

    SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

    COLLEGE & CAREER

     


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